New Sewing Machine & Scrap Swap


So the big news of the weekend is that last night I went out and purchased the Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 855. I also picked up the quilters feet set and the extension table for my machine. Because I purchased the machine I got 20% off accessories I purchased that night and from now on I’ll get 10% off future purchases. They have nice Mettler thread there so I’m sure I’ll be stocking up on my thread for applique and such {Read More}

05 – Sewing Machine Saga, Basting, Book Review & Quilty Updates


Thank you commenters! What I’ve Been Up To Commission Progress (Ribbon Quilts, Blue and White Lap Quilt) Basting Adventures Sharon Schamber Basting Tutorial Video 1 Sharon Schamber Basting Tutorial Video 2 Quilting in Harmony Reviews This Method: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 Hanging Triangles for Wall Hangings Tear away stabilizer sitting in your pantry I test out the Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 875 Quilt edition sewing machine and get frustrated with my Janome refusing to make buttonholes Another {Read More}

All Work and No Play….


Finished one of my commissions. Had to get this one done in between quilting the lap quilt. I love the way they turned out. Really had fun designing these two dog ribbon quilts. Can’t wait to see what she thinks about them! Tomorrow they’ll be shipped off to their new home.

Sewing Machine Saga

So last night, as I’m finishing two commissioned pieces my sewing machine decides it doesn’t want to do buttonholes for me anymore.  This is a problem since my dog ribbon quilts need 5 buttonholes each if I do them the usual way. So I think I’m going to have to re-do the fabric I was using as the flaps for the buttonholes since the bias tape wasn’t feeding well through the machine to do a buttonhole.  It was something new {Read More}

Free Pattern Friday

Are you following the Block-a-Palooza that is being organized by Quilt Dad?  If not you are missing out on some fantastic free patterns! Two blocks a week are being posted and bloggers from all over the quilting blogsphere are designing and sharing some lovely free block patterns.   I think my favorite block so far is Block 6: You are Here –  the one created by Monica Solorio-Snow of Happy Zombie.  I want to do an entire quilt in this {Read More}

WIP Wednesday Roundup


I’ve made some progress this week on commissions!  The big one is almost ready to be basted.  I need to really press it good again after being wrestled through the sewing machine for the applique stitches, then piece the back together THEN baste it.  I’m just going to do straight line quilting on it.  The words are gaming tags/name for a gaming clan if anyone is curious.   My blanket stitch turned out better on this project than in previous {Read More}

04 – Patterns, Works in Progress, and the Fair!


I thank commenters for all the great suggestions and notes about my podcast City & Country Crossings Sent me Two great patterns and a selection of fat quarters from the Sew Mama Sew blog giveaway extravaganza. Slideshow from my recent guild meeting Jacqueline De Jonge Be Colorful Paper Pieced Quilts  Slideshow from my Florida State Fair excursion Works in Progress Blue and White Commission Fabric shopping for other commissions Scrappy Tree Leaf Wall Hanging 2011 Rainbow Scrap Challenge – Red {Read More}

Free Pattern Friday – Technique Edition – Wholecloth Trapunto


Every time I go to a quilt show I see one or two wholecloth quilts and just stand there fascinated by the detail and patterns put into these one piece quilts.  It is a whole different kind of quilting when you have to think about the entire piece and create patterns without using different patchwork fabrics.   You can purchase pre-marked kits if you want to attempt this yourself without marking your own top.   A technique commonly used in wholecloth quilting {Read More}

Another Fabric Order!


So the past few days I wanted to order another jelly roll but what did I end up doing – ordering 2 remnant assortments from and some notions. They have this deal where you get 3 pounds of their end of the bolt remnants for $19.98.  This is the equivalent of about 9 yards of fabric.  I’m all about stash building since my current fabric closet (while it needs reorganizing) can still hold all of my fabric easily.  Can {Read More}

WIP Wednesday Roundup


Works in progress: Blue and White lap quilt commission.  I’ve got all the applique letters cut out and the strip piecing started.  Cut one strip set to see how many I’d get on each strip.  I love the way these two fabrics work together.  I think it’ll look nice with the dark blue border. I thought I’d post a photo of the butterfly quilt that always shows up neglected on my works in progress list so you can see how {Read More}